March 7, 2013 Subject:
A Very Sweet Film
Nothing technical to complain about. Very Good print. Very Good download.
I thoroughly enjoyed this film about a boy and his love for a horse, a magnanimous man who faithfully sticks to his value although sorely tempted to do so by the manipulative, mercenary woman who wants to marry and control him (as the spiritual equivalent of a trophy husband), and her pre-teen daughter who is equally manipulative, but to good purposes. Good prevails over evil as it should be -- at least at the movies.
A film like this makes me long for real butter on my popcorn and real root beer -- rich and creamy and smells like bubble gum all the way from the snack bar.
I was impressed by the acting of young Jo Ann Marlowe (1935-1995) who plays Mrs. Crawford's (Jean Parker) precocious daughter, Sandy Crawford. Marlowe is only ten years old in 1945 (when the Rolling Home was actually filmed) and she gives this film's best performance by far. Precocious indeed.
But I'm both surprised and disappointed that after such a promising start in films, her career stopped dead after 1950 when she was only 15 years old. Not much on the net about her. She has 15 titles to her filmography (1942-1950) including some big feature films: Scandal in Paris with George Sanders, Yankee Doodle Dandy with James Cagney, and Mildred Pierce with Joan Crawford and Ann Blythe(she played Mildred's youngest daughter, the tomboy Kay). She did a lot of uncredited filmwork. She died young at 55. I'd really like to know more about her, like what happened to her acting career and why she died so young.
Jo Ann Marlowe is here on IA in another film as well: As the young Jennie (uncredited) in The Strange Woman (1946) with Hedy LaMarr and George Sanders.
Thank you IA.
March 3, 2013 Subject:
Cue The Violins!
Strange little film about a Dad, his son, and a horse. After a race that goes bad, the horse is said to have a broken leg. There are planss j to put the horse out of it's misery, but the man saves the horse with a lot of sad talk (and violin music). Soon, they're shacking with a priest (don't ask) who ALSO just happens to be a vet. The priest is in love with one girl, but the girl's mother is hot for her too! And then there's the boy and the girl's niece! Ahhhh! This was JUST ok, a little too manipulative sludge for my taste.
Reviewer:Dr Feel Rotten
January 16, 2011 Subject:
Alls well that ends well
..and little girls speak like college professors and evil wenches always have a change of heart.. To much holier than thou for me, but ok I guess. Pop's dies and we have no clue what happened to him..
June 30, 2006 Subject:
A boy and a girl try to save their horse while a reverend tries to save his church. Their nemesis is the little girl's mother who also wants to marry the reverend. The moral of this story: money can't buy happiness, but it can sure solve all your problems. Total run time is 59 minutes.